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Elisabeth Krimmer receives Graduate Program Advising and Mentoring Award

July 02, 2020

Congratulations to Professor Elisabeth Krimmer for being selected for a Graduate Program Advising and Mentoring Award. This award recognizes faculty providing outstanding service in advising and mentoring at the program level. Professor Krimmer's was selected due to excellent service to the graduate program, as well as her positive impact on graduate students and colleagues. 

"Congratulations Professor Krimmer!"


“Recent alumna Nossett publishes article on the ‘language of flowers’”

June 27, 2020

The editors of Feminist German Studies are delighted to announce the publication of volume 36, no. 1, the very first special issue in this history of the journal, with the topic "Collaboration in the Humanities." Congratulations to our thirty contributing authors! This issue’s cover illustrates the language of flowers, discussed in greater detail by Lauren Nossett and Luca Pixner in their article. The table of contents follows, with hyperlinks.



June 23, 2020

We, the faculty and students of the Department of German & Russian, were shocked and saddened by the recent occurrences of racially motivated violence and murder. As students of German history and culture, we are acutely aware of the devastating effects of an ideology of white supremacy and of the German participation in the slave trade and exploitative colonialism.

Professor Chunjie Zhang and Max Kade Visiting Professor Stefan Keppler-Tasaki in the February 2020 German Quarterly forum on Asian German Studies

February 18, 2020
Professor Chunjie Zhang and Max Kade Visiting Professor Stefan Keppler-Tasaki in the February 2020 German Quarterly forum on Asian German Studies Congratulations Professor Chunjie Zhang for heading up and writing the introduction for the forum on the exciting new field of Asian German Studies just published in the February, 2020 issue of German Quarterly. Professor Zhang's introduction is followed by statements on aspects of the field by a number of scholars writing from various disciplinary and institutional vantage points.

Welcome New Students

August 16, 2019

Welcome, to all new incoming and returning students, we’re excited for another great academic year with you. Please stop in to see your Undergraduate Academic Advisor. We have 2 new members of the undergraduate team, Lauren Wong and Vanessa Alvarez.

Professor Sven-Erik Rose's Current Research on Literature Written in Nazi Ghettos was Featured in March 2019 "Scholarship Issue" of 'News from AJS: Association for Jewish Studies'

April 01, 2019

Professor Sven-Erik Rose's earlier book, Jewish Philosophical Politics in Germany 1780-1848 received a major award from the Association for Jewish Studies (AJS). His current research, which delves into the written works created by Jewish peoples during their time interned by the Nazis in ghettos - most famously in Warsaw, Lodz and Vilna - is highlighted in the March 2019 issue released from the AJS.

Stefanie Schoeberl Awarded the Sieglinde Hartmann Prize

November 30, 2018

Congratulations to German graduate student Stefanie Schoeberl, who recently received the Sieglinde Hartmann Prize awarded by the prestigious International Medieval Congress held each year in Leeds, England. Stefanie was awarded this prize "for the best abstract for any paper proposal in the field of medieval German language and/or medieval German literature" for her proposed paper on "Jewelry in the Medieval German Artusroman: Beyond Fiction, Reality, and Expectations."

German PhD Candidate Will Mahan Awarded Provost's Dissertation Year Fellowship for 2018-2019

March 21, 2018

The German program congratulates Will Mahan for being awarded a Provost's Dissertation Year Fellowship in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences for the 2018-2019 academic year. This is a highly sought-after award for doctoral students and as one of the recipients Will won out over intense competition. The fellowship relieves doctoral students from having to teach or assist faculty in research and provides them a stipend to compensate for the income that they would have earned as a teaching assistant or research assistant.

Professor Gail Finney, PhD Candidate Will Mahan and PhD Alumna Amila Becirbegovic Contribute to the Journal "Humanities"

March 21, 2018

Congratulations to Professor Gail Finney (Comparative Literature and German), German PhD Candidate William Mahan, and Assistant Professor of German at CSU Fresno (and recent German PhD graduate) Amila Becirbegovic for their contributions to the special issue of the journal Humanities titled Wounded: Studies in Literary and Cinematic Trauma.

German PhD Candidate Astrid Exel Selected to Represent UC Davis at the Dahlem Humanities Center Global Humanities Summer School at the Freie Universität Berlin

February 26, 2018

Congratulations to German PhD candidate Astrid Exel for being selected from a very competitive pool of candidates to be one of two graduate students who will be representing UC Davis at the Dahlem Humanities Center Global Humanities Summer School at the Free University of Berlin (Freie Universität Berlin) in summer 2018. This year’s program thematic focus is “Principles of Cultural Dynamics." Congratulations, Astrid!

Professor Chunjie Zhang Awarded Humboldt Research Fellowship

November 28, 2017

In November Professor Chunjie Zhang was awarded a Humboldt Research Fellowship for Experienced Researchers from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. She will use this prestigious fellowship in the coming year to advance her innovative book project: "World as Method: Cosmopolitan Thinking in German and Chinese Modernist Cultures."

Congratulations Professor Zhang!